BERLIN, April 3 (Reuters) - German new car sales plunged about 17 percent in March to 281,000 vehicles, the VDIK auto industry association for import brands said on Wednesday.
First-quarter sales of new vehicles in Europe's biggest auto market declined over 12 percent to about 673,000 cars, the VDIK said in a statement, adding that the March decline reflected a smaller number of working days compared with year-ago levels.
Additional working days in April could contribute to a 'better result,' the VDIK said, but added that 2013 would still be a year with 'many challenges' for the car industry.
(Reporting by Andreas Cremer) Keywords: GERMANY CARSALES/
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